4 Ways You Should Be Storing And Backing Up Your Photos If You Want To Do It Right

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If you’ve ever lost an entire catalog of images to hard drive failure, you probably know how important it is to properly and securely back up your data. If you haven’t run into such a speed bump just yet, congratulations, but just because it hasn’t been an issue in the past, doesn’t mean you’re not prone to a hard drive failure in the future. Losing your images can be devastating, especially if you shoot a lot of paid work. Thankfully, a little forethought and planning can help prevent such a catastrophe.

In the video below, Matt Granger talks about a few options photographers have when it comes to photo storage and backing up image files. Very important stuff! Here’s a quick list of 4 ways Granger backs up his data, then be sure to watch the video as he explains the process he uses both at home and when shooting on location. [Read more...]

Holiday Gift Buying Guide For The Photographer In Your Life

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Buying gifts for a photographer can be a real chore, especially if the gift giver isn’t necessarily camera savvy. That’s why we’re here to help make it easier for them (and you). Feel free to pass this link along to any loved one’s in your life who may be in the market for the perfect gift for the photographers in their lives. Or, treat yourself to one, or many, of the sweet gifts in the list below. You totally deserve it. [Read more...]

Use These 5 Tricks To Help Add Depth To Your Images And Video

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The ability to create realistic depth in a photograph, a 2-dimensional plane, is the sign of a good photographer. When shooting stills or video, it’s an important detail to make sure your shots have depth. Sometimes, however, that is sometimes easier said than done. In the quick, 3-minute video clip below, cinematographer Matthew Rosen, covers his top 5 favorite ways to ensure his image aren’t falling flat. The video is geared towards cinematography and moving pictures, but many of the techniques can be transferred into still photography as well. Well worth a watch even if you never shoot video. [Read more...]

Watch As Zeiss Lenses Get Baked, Frozen, Dropped And Beaten For Durability Tests

When I go through my gear bag and I pick out a lens I get visions that flash through my head. What if it snags on the bag? What if I drop it as I put it onto the mount of the body? Will I pass out if it hits the ground?

I have always known Zeiss lenses to be built very well. I did not know what kind of testing they go through before they leave the factory. We get to watch examples of the tests a lens goes through in this video from the Carl Zeiss Group.

I will warn you that the first thing that happens… ok I can’t. Just watch the video, it’s a great look into what these lenses go through. Let’s just say that Zeiss feels confident enough to make the following statement: “A device that doesn’t work is like not having it all”.

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Holga Goes Digital Thanks To A Raspberry Pi And Pete Taylor’s Awesome DIY ASCII Art Hack

holg120d-frontPete Taylor’s Holga isn’t your ordinary Holga. It isn’t even your ordinary hacked Holga. In fact, you might say that Taylor’s Holga is one of the most unusual modifications you’ve seen done to one of the notoriously hacakble cameras. It started out innocently enough…

Taylor gutted an old, broken Holga to make room inside for a Raspberry Pi, which effectively turned the once medium format film camera into a digital model. To do this, he had to remove not just the guts of the Holga, but also the lens to accommodate the built-in lens on the Raspberry Pi’s computer board. He then added a wireless USB adapter. This allows him to have his 120d automatically upload the photos he takes to his blog. He also added a 49mm adapter on the lens to accept various filters, in addition to a 3.5mm camera trigger socket, a LED indicator which glows in the viewfinder when a photo is being taken, and a rotary switch that allows him to choose between photo, video, or program mode. It’s unarguably a pretty legit hack. [Read more...]

How I Shot it: Hairmake & Blue Dots Body Art Photoshoot

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This is a project of my hairmake friends we did together some time ago, I have another article from the same project, too I bet you’ve seen it, but here is the article for it too. It’s been really hard work putting all the blue stamps on both the model’s face and the background, but definitely worth it, as I really love that set of images! I’m using a 2 lights setup,which I’ll write about below! finally, it has a bit of style to it, either you love it or you don’t!

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Check Out This Apocolyptic Footage Of Chernobyl Taken From A Drone’s Eye View

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Almost 30 years after the tragic explosion in Chernobyl, a film crew and correspondants for CBS visited the site to work on a story detailing the cataclysmic event. As part of the crew, filmmaker and photographer, Danny Cooke, was granted access to the site for a week long exploration. Cooke seized the opportunity to create a short film which documents Chernobyl from the perspective of his Phantom DJI 2. Equipped with a GoPro3+Canon 7D, a guide, and dosimeter geiger counter to keep tabs on radiation levels, Cooke set out to capture the footage which you can see below. [Read more...]

How To Shoot Dramatic Portraits By Yourself With Only A Single Light And On Location

One-LightWho says pulling off an entire photoshoot by yourself needs to be difficult? Not Jay P. Morgan. In the quick video clip below he invites us behind the scenes of photoshoot he did on location in Maine. Morgan wanted to photograph fisherman on his first visit to New England, but he traveled light for this trip, only carrying a single light and softbox along with his camera. Seeing as how he only had two hours to setup and complete the shoot, not having an extensive lighting setup kind of worked as an advantage. He had an assistant along with him, but her job was strictly to film the behind the scenes footage, Morgan handled the photoshoot all on his own.

Curious as to how he pulled it off? Here’s the scoop: [Read more...]

The Best Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals (Updated Regularly)

It’s that time of the year again: Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving isn’t only a good time to eat some turkey though, you can also spend tens of thousands of dollars in completely overcrowded stores. If you are smart however, you save some money without getting run over in the target parking lot by shopping for some photography goodies online. We put together the best Black Friday / Cyber Monday deals for you. The list will keep updating as deals are we roll. SECRET [Read more...]

You Don’t Need A Selfie Stick To Take A Selfie In Space

Living on the ISS has it perks (like putting a Gopro in a Bubble, or capturing amazing timelapses), but one of the more underestimates benefits the lack of need for Selfie Sticks. You see, when the gravity is not pulling the camera down you can just place it in space, it has nowhere to fall to.

If you don’t believe me check this footage from ISS test pilot Oleg Artemyev.

The lesson of the day is that even Cosmonauts chimp.

P.S. Next step: hovering VALs